Make these pretty roses in minutes with just a little bit of fleece and some thread. Attach them to hairclips or pinbacks for a sweet accessory, or sew them to a doll or softie.
These are my two favorite ways to make fleece roses. For each of the two methods you’ll need:
- a strip of red fleece 22″ x 1″, curved down on each end (don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect!)
- a piece of green fleece
- red and green thread and a sewing needle
1. Roll up the red fleece strip and use some pins to hold it together.
2. Thread the needle with a double length of red thread and tie a knot in the end. On the underside of the rose, pass the needle through from one side to the other catching all of the layers. Now pass it through again, this time coming out at a different spot. Continue passing the needle through the layers until they are held together well. Tie off the thread.
3. Cut out a leaf shape from the green fleece. The leaf should be large enough to fully cover the bottom of the rose. If you’d like, stitch veins on the leaf. I did this with my sewing machine, but it’s entirely optional!
4. Pin the leaf in place, then use the green thread to tack it to the rose with a few small stitches.
To make a gathered rose:
1. Thread a needle with a double length of thread and tie a knot in the end.
2. Make a running stitch along the bottom of the red fleece strip.
3. Pull the stitches tight.
4. Begin to wrap the rose from the inside to the outside. Use a few pins to hold it in place. Pass your needle through the bottom of the rose from one side to another a few times to secure all of the layers. Tie off the thread with a double knot. Create the leaf and attach it in the same way as the rolled rose above.
A fleece rose is a perfect accessory for Emma the Doll, my newest sewing pattern. Both styles are lovely in her hair.
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I just love that you made these with fleece! I don’t use felt at all, and there’s always that voice that says “Don’t use fleece for that!” but then it comes out amazing. It’s so nice to see someone use fleece for this kind of project. It looks fantastic!
Fleece and felt can both be left with raw edges without fraying. Its pretty neat! Im glad you like the tutorial.
Julia @ FaveCrafts says
What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of rose crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/rose-crafts/
Have a great day!
Abby Glassenberg says
Thank you so much, Julia!
Teresa Kaltenheuser says
They look great. And instructions seem easy. Will make later. Great idea. Thanks for sharing
Abby Glassenberg says
Awesome, Teresa! Enjoy.
Emily Viator says
So nice to see this one out of fleece instead of felt. I have a ton of fleece now I know what I am going to be doing with it. Can you give me an idea of the finished size of these roses?
They fit in the palm of your hand.
I would love a template of the fleece strip if that would be possible?
It’s just a 22″ x 1″ strip that is tapered at both ends.